High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Except for the inevitable inclusion of "Cry," the 17 track, 44-and-a-half minute High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray is a rarities compilation. Two tracks, an early version of "She Didn't Say Nothin' at All" and "Paths of Paradise," also recorded in 1951, are previously unreleased; "Ooh! Aah! Oh!," recorded with the Les Elgart Orchestra, "The Lonely Ones," backed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, and a live take of "Such a Night" from the London Palladium are given their first U.S. issue; and "I Want to Be Loved" and "I'll Make You Mine" are presented in stereo for the first time. Ray alternated between the pre-rock R&B style for which he's best remembered and a ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Except for the inevitable inclusion of "Cry," the 17 track, 44-and-a-half minute High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray is a rarities compilation. Two tracks, an early version of "She Didn't Say Nothin' at All" and "Paths of Paradise," also recorded in 1951, are previously unreleased; "Ooh! Aah! Oh!," recorded with the Les Elgart Orchestra, "The Lonely Ones," backed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, and a live take of "Such a Night" from the London Palladium are given their first U.S. issue; and "I Want to Be Loved" and "I'll Make You Mine" are presented in stereo for the first time. Ray alternated between the pre-rock R&B style for which he's best remembered and a more conventional classic pop approach. As its title suggests, this collection's thesis is that the former represents the highly dramatic sound of the "real" Johnnie Ray, and compilation producer Al Quaglieri supports that contention by using bluesy and rockish material, such as "Flip, Flop and Fly" and "Such a Night," songs later covered by Elvis Presley. Five tracks are drawn from Ray's 1957 album The Big Beat, which found him confronting the rock & roll trend, albeit with backing by orchestras led by Ray Ellis and Ray Conniff. The result doesn't quite enlist Ray in the rock & roll revolution, but it more than justifies the notion that he was a major precursor to it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646515723
  • Catalog Number: 65157

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flip Flop and Fly (2:14)
  2. 2 Cry (3:04)
  3. 3 I Want to Be Loved - Ray Ellis Orchestra (2:24)
  4. 4 She Didn't Say Nothin' at All (2:13)
  5. 5 Gee, But I'm Lonesome (2:43)
  6. 6 How Long, How Long Blues - Ray Conniff & His Orchestra (2:25)
  7. 7 Ooh! Aah! Oh! (1:57)
  8. 8 Lotus Blossom (3:44)
  9. 9 Mountains in the Moonlight (2:34)
  10. 10 Soliloquy of a Fool (2:08)
  11. 11 Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) (2:23)
  12. 12 I'll Make You Mine (2:31)
  13. 13 Paths of Paradise (2:03)
  14. 14 Give Me Time (3:08)
  15. 15 The Lonely Ones - Duke Ellington (2:38)
  16. 16 Such a Night (2:54)
  17. 17 Every Day I Have the Blues - Ray Ellis Orchestra (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnnie Ray Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
The Four Lads Background Vocals, Track Performer
Eddie Bert Trombone
Paul Gonsalves Saxophone
Gigi Gryce Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Saxophone
Dick Hyman Piano
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Ray Nance Trumpet
Nat Pierce Piano
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Bobby Byrne Trombone
Lou Stein Piano
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Harry Breuer Drums, Xylophone
Al Caiola Guitar
Buddy Weed Piano
Billy Mure Guitar
Russell Procope Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trumpet
Britt Woodman Trombone
Eddie Safranski Bass
Charles Albertine Saxophone
Robert Alexander Trombone
William Cat Anderson Trumpet
Don Arnone Guitar
Harold Baker Trumpet
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
Louis Barnett Saxophone
Harry Carney Saxophone
Frank Carroll Bass
Al Casamenti Guitar
Clark Terry Trumpet
Duke Ellington Orchestra Piano
Arnold Eidus Strings
Larry Elgart Saxophone
Stan Fishelson Trumpet
Panama Francis Drums
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Sol Gubin Drums
Jimmy Hamilton Saxophone
Milt Hinton Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Osie Johnson Drums
Leo Kahn Strings
Leo Kruczek Strings
Teo Macero Leader
Joseph Malignaggi Strings
Sam Marowitz Alto Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse Drums
Tony Mottola Guitar
John Murtaugh Saxophone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
George Ockner Strings, Violin
Danny Perri Guitar
John Pizzarelli Guitar
John Sanders Trombone
Ray Sims Trombone
Todd Sommer Drums
Harold Wegbreit Trumpet
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Hy White Guitar
Sam Woodyard Drums
Jack Zayde Strings
Harry Zarief Strings
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Charles Magnante Accordion
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Rubin Zarchy Saxophone
Maurice King Saxophone
Jimmy Carroll Performing Ensemble
Ray Ellis Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Ray Conniff & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jimmy Wood Bass
Andrew Ackers Piano
Tommy Mitchell Trombone
Henry Freeman Saxophone
Myor Rosen Harp
Walter Betman Saxophone
Robert Dockstader Trombone
Ronald Woellmer Trumpet
Neal Robinson Piano
Richard Henry Saxophone
Russell Green Trumpet
Albert Epstein Bass, Saxophone
Jim Dahl Trombone
Al Robertson Trombone
James A. Grasso Strings
Elbert Langford Drums
Clarence Sherrill Bass
Technical Credits
Ray Conniff Arranger
Dr. John Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Ray Ellis Arranger
Joe Reisman Arranger
Andy Schwartz Executive Producer
Johnny Whiteside Liner Notes
Chris Athens Remixing, Mastering
Scott Haag Photo Coordination
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